Obtaining funding for building infrastructure is not easy and so we are very excited that this project will enable us to do this and to do it quicker than we anticipated. We now have an opportunity for the first time to build infrastructure in the islands where we currently do not have formal branches. This will provide and strengthen the opportunity of establishing strategic branches in these islands to support our work while also providing infrastructure to existing Branches not affected by TC Winston.
The project is due for completion by February end 2017.
FRCS Resilient Fiji Project Summary
This project will enable Fiji Red Cross to extend its reach in the Central, West, North and Eastern Divisions, strategically into the Maritime zones during emergencies and disaster.
The project includes:
To purchase 3 Disaster Preparedness containers to support existing current storage space in –
- Korovou Town Tailevu – To support activities in the Korovou, Dawasamu and Wainibuka area.
- Lautoka – To increase storage capacity in the Lautoka branch who have limited capacity in relation to the area they cover.
- Savusavu – To be strategically located to support the response of Savusavu Branch
To build 6 extra storage and offices in 6 branches; Seaqaqa, Tavua, Labasa, Bua, Rabi and Rotuma. All these branches except for Tavua were not affected by TC Winston and so do not benefit from the TC Winston EPOA.
To build storage and offices/accommodation facilities in Koro, Vanuabalavu, Lakeba and Kadavu extending the reach of Fiji Red Cross into the Islands. FRCS does not have branches in these islands. For Koro and Vanuabalavu we will integrate this with our TC Winston EPOA and for Lakeba and Kadavu with our GDS and Australian Red Cross (ARC) programs.
To replenish 9 priority FRCS Disaster Preparedness storage facilities including containers before the end of the 2016 cyclone season which commences in November and ends in April 2017. The 9 storage space to be stocked include the 3 new containers in Korovou, Lautoka and Savusavu and the 6 new storage facilities in the islands: Rabi, Koro, Lakeba, Kadavu, Rotuma and Vanuabalavu.
Renovate 6 existing Disaster containers in Rakiraki (2) and Pacific Harbour (4)
Engage with the respective Commissioners and NDMO on the government and FRCS role in disaster preparedness.
This project will comprehensively change our infrastructure, capacity, capability and visibility throughout Fiji. It will enable us to reach the Lomaiviti group of islands through Levuka Branch and Koro, reach the Lau group through Lakeba and Vanuabalavu and reach Kadavu. We will build Offices/accommodation and storage facilities in these islands that will extend our reach and support our community programs. The project will construct Branch offices in 6 branches, renovate 6 containers and purchase 3 containers, significantly strengthening and expanding our existing infrastructure.
But even more exciting this project does not stand alone. It is part of an integrated development approach we are doing with our other programs including the TC Winston EPOA, ARC, GDS and the USAID BRCF (Building Resilience Fiji Project). Its implementation rides on all the resources available with these programs including the additional manpower resources recently employed and expertise available with current EPOA delegates.
Each of the islands where we are constructing offices and storage facilities will have supporting community programs funded by these programs, Koro and Vanuabalavu will have core shelters built as part of the EPOA including water and sanitation programs, Rabi has the USAID BRCF project and Rotuma the GDS program. The permanent infrastructure will ensure that we are “Always there”.